Monday, January 3, 2011

Japanese kiddies show!

Probably.
Resurrecting myself from the fog of blogitus (where immediately after procuring a blog, one suffers from an intense and sudden indifference for what the person envisioned as a happy daily ritual of sharing one's thoughts, opinions, exciting news, corporate vandalism, and/or sufficiently weird enough stuff for an unknown reason), I've returned with meagre offerings!

Here I have a 7" seemingly from the late 60's, most likely from Japan, featuring a scene which can be observed by looking at this picture:




On it we have a cheerful tune about something entitled Pin Pon Pan, with enough whistles and boings planted everywhere to keep just about anyone happy. The flip is (I think) the same song but a different version, slowed down somewhat.

The best thing about the disc, however, is the hand-written note I found inside after getting it home. 
Apparently written to a grade-school teacher by someone able to translate the singing, they were kind enough to include the Anglicized lyrics. Oh and what lyrics:
"Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom - pin pon pan pon 
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom - pin pon pan pon 
Tiger pro-wrestler in stripe pants 
Keep putting it in over and over again, 
but never fails, off it comes 
Gonbaranakucha (meaning "preserve", but in this instance, a way of cheering on a competitor) 
One hand whipping and the other holding up the slippery pants 
Win, win, tiger's pro-wrestler 

Hippo-person is so stupid 
He disguises to look like someone else 
But is always easily identified 
Gonbaranakucha 
Blowing out smoke 
Blowing out smoke 
Go go hippo-person 
Do a somersault (or roll over) and you're a mole 
Do a somersault (or roll over) and you're a (?) 
Do a somersault (or roll over) and you're a King Champion 
Do a somersault (or roll over) and you're a bride 

Run, run Kintaro 
Jump over dishes and newspaper 
Run, run Kintaro 
The restroom is just nearby 
Endure, hurry hurry! 
Hanako-san, Hanako-san 
Mama's name is Hanako-san 
Welcome Hanako-san 
Please do join us all 

The crocodile's bride has terrible athlete's foot 
No matter how much she scratches, it's itchy, itchy 
Gonbaranakucha 
Swish, swash goes your skirt, athlete's foot, itchy itchy 
Swish, swash goes your skirt, athlete's foot, itchy itchy 
Scratch, scratch, scratch, crocodile's bride 

Let us be a frog - pin pon pan pon pin 
Let us be a huge snake - pin pon pan pon pin 
Let us be a caterpillar - pin pon pan pon pin 
Let us be a crow - pin pon pan pon pin 

Thank you, thank you 
Thank you for the exercise 
Let us all say together 
Thank you very much!" 



Ah..... whipping, slippery pants, athlete's foot... It's like a song about the surprise party given for me after I moved into my first apartment.

Someday soon I'm going to plead Rod McKuen to cover this in English.



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JKS!

3 comments:

Emma said...

Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm) may be another solution to itchy throat. i know a lot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious itchy throat. Hope you are getting well soon!!!

Laszlo Q. Panaflex said...

Actually, it was itchy feet, but the slippery pants made it all so much better. Thanks!

367 said...

please Re-up this !!!